KRVS Local
2:06 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Imported Shrimp

Fresh, Louisiana Shrimp right off the boat at the dock in Delcambre, LA.
Credit Blair Blanchard

Shrimp remains a vital commodity not only to the state but to the entire country, with Louisiana being the number one provider of shrimp in the nation. However, the threat of imported shrimp from overseas markets is not only harming the economy but also posing a risk to consumer’s health. With over 80 percent of the shrimp consumed in the United States being imports, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act allowing the FDA to force a strict ban on toxic shrimp and enforce a more extensive testing method to ensure that the seafood is safe to eat. 

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KRVS Local
2:01 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Bookstore Move in Preparation of Master Plan

Temporary bookstore location
Credit Hannah Trahan

The change of location for the University Bookstore has brought complications. Students have to reorient themselves with the new layout and lack of parking. Renovation and expansion of the Student Union, including the Book Store is not entering its second year, and when completed will become part of a multi-million dollar master plan for the university. Last year a series of public discussions helped establish this vision, and even though the Student Union predated those charettes, it will fair in the grand design.  

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It's All Politics
1:59 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Roughing Up Rice: GOP Senators Play The Personal And Political

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice leaves a meeting with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 4:30 pm

The GOP's roughing up of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, thought to be President Obama's top pick for his second-term secretary of state, brings to mind the last time the Senate rejected a commander in chief's choice for that most crucial position.

It was some six decades ago, and after bitter and tumultuous hearings — think allegations of communism and homosexuality, as well as a high-profile suicide — that senators dumped the president's nominee by a vote of 74-24.

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The Two-Way
1:55 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Pelosi: The Fiscal Cliff Debate Is 'A Clear One; The People Have Spoken'

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi smiles while speaking to the media.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 4:47 pm

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader in the House, says she's optimistic that Democrats and Republicans will reach a deal that would avoid triggering a wide array of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to take effect in the new year and that experts say could send the economy into a recession.

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KRVS Local
1:54 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Louisiana Legislatives Push For the Passing of A New Law Requiring Drug Testing for Welfare

Lafayette’s government assistance building located off of Kaliste Saloom helps local families in need by offering a variety of funding assistance services.
Credit Kelly Tien

There are currently over one hundred million people on welfare in 2012. It may be harder for these Americans to obtain welfare as 23 states have, or are considering a requirement for recipients to take drug tests before receiving any government assistance. Louisiana State Representative Sherman Mack proposed the bill making Louisiana one of those 23 states.

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KRVS Local
1:49 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Bullying and the Effort To Prevent It

Bullying is more likely to occur in school settings than anywhere else.
Credit Laura Trahan

“Bullying” is defined as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” Statistics show that 1 out of 4 teens have been bullied and as many as 160,000 students stay home at a given day because of fear of being bullied. The victim may be targeted because of appearance, their nationality, or even their sexual orientation. Bullying can also take a psychological toll on anyone involved.

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1:48 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Who Is Susan Rice?

Ambassador Susan Rice speaks at U.N. headquarters on April 14.
Craig Ruttle AP

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 2:21 pm

Susan Rice is in many ways a prototypical Obama administration official: young, ambitious and accomplished, with a reputation for being direct and — at times — confrontational.

But unlike her colleagues, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is embroiled in a lingering controversy, over what she knew and what she said in the days after September's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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Music Reviews
1:34 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

'Buddy And Jim': Friends In Life And Songwriting

Musicians and friends Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale team up on a new album of country duets called Buddy and Jim.
Michael Wilson photo/Paul Moore design Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 5:04 pm

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale are singer-songwriters who've each written hits for country and rock acts, and have enjoyed extensive solo careers as performers and producers. Buddy and Jim is their first collaboration, a mixture of original songs and covers from earlier decades of country, rock, folk and soul music.

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Economy Is Growing At A 'Measured Pace,' Federal Reserve Says

Shoppers at a Target store in Westbury, N.Y., last week. Consumer spending drives the economy. And the holiday shopping season is crucial for retailers.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

The nation's economy "expanded at a measured pace" in recent weeks, the Federal Reserve Board reports in its latest anecdotal look at how things are going across the U.S.

The central bank's Beige Book review of conditions in its 12 bank districts finds that:

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1:23 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

All Over The Map: Cartography And Conflict

A map in China's new passports shows disputed islands and territorial waters as belonging to China, which has angered several of its neighbors.
He Yuan EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 11:28 am

Alexander Murphy recalls visiting a Guatemala museum some years ago and gazing up at a huge relief map of the country. Something about the borders struck the University of Oregon geography professor as out of place.

"And then I realized, 'Wait, all of Belize is shown as part of Guatemala,' " Murphy says. That's when he remembered a decades-old territorial dispute between the two Central American neighbors.

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